12.19.2014

Simple and Classic Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Simple and Classic Chocolate Fudge Recipe  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle
Classic chocolate fudge is a perfect treat for this time of year.  I know that there are a million and one recipes out there with this and that added to the chocolate.  Sometimes it's just nice to keep it simple and classic.  

12.18.2014

Edible Chocolate Pinecones

Edible Chocolate Pinecones that are a perfect treat for kids at Christmas time!  Plus they are quick and easy!  | My Name Is Snickerdoodle
There are projects, recipes and DIY's I see on blogs and Pinterest that I think are super fun or utterly delicious!  I'll pin them for later in hopes that I can get to trying them out one day.  I'm sure you do the same thing.  I mean, that's what Pinterest if for, right?  

12.17.2014

Don't Be A Grinch Family Night

Don't Be A Grinch!  Super fun ideas for a family night that will make your heart grow two sizes bigger!  Perfect for Christmas time.  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle
 Three years ago we started the tradition of watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas and treating ourselves to Grinch Floats.  My boys love it and look forward to that first Friday in December when we dubbed it Grinch Night.

We (like many of you) sit down as the family, snack on something yummy and watch either the cartoon or movie.  It wasn't until this year that I thought of some other ways to make it a little more meaningful.  I mean, because if the Grinch can learn a heartfelt lesson, why can't we?
Here are some of my ideas and some things I collected from other fabulous bloggers!
  • Make a couple plates of cookies and secretly deliver them to someone you might have been a little 'grinchy' to.  Or someone who might be a little 'grinchy' and spread a little Christmas cheer.  These fabulous cookies from In Katrina's Kitchen would be perfect! 
Grinch Cookies
  • Stand around the Christmas tree, while holding hands and sing some Christmas carols.  
  • Have each family member think about something they've been 'grinchy' about the currently.  Write down a way to change it, roll up the paper, tie a pretty bow around it and place it under the tree.  During the craziness of Christmas morning, it will be a great reminder of how you can be a better person.  
  • You've seen these everywhere, but I couldn't resist adding them to the list!  Grinch fruit treats are fun for little hands to make.  And super easy according to Nourishing Minimalism!
Grinch Christmas Fruit
  • If you have littler ones, act out the book!  Have someone be the Grinch, Max the dog, Who's and of course Cindy Lou Who.  You will be surprised of how much they will enjoy it!]\
  • Like I mentioned, we always have Grinch floats that are made up of Lime Sherbet and Sprite.  This year I used some washi tape to spruce things up a bit. 
Grinch Floats  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle
If your family isn't into floats, decorate some fun bottles of green soda like you can find at Catch My Party! 
Grinch Soda
  • Go and do an act of kindness.  Drop off some groceries on someone's doorstep.  Get some other families together and sing some carols at a retirement home.  If you're not sure where to find local opportunities for service, check out Just Serve.  It's an online service provided by my church
Let's all be less 'grinchy' this season and just learn to enjoy the moment, make wonderful memories, love others and most importantly remember WHY we are celebrating Christmas!  

This post is linked up at - The Creative Exchange

12.12.2014

Christmas Joy Journal

When I was a little girl, I had a diary that I just loved.  It had a lock and key on it and I thought it was the best thing in the whole world.  I trusted that diary to keep all my 'secrets' safe. 
When I was a teenager I was religious about keeping a journal (because diaries were for babies!).  Most every night I would write my thoughts and feelings down, draw doodles and tape every single movie ticket I had in that thing.  Even when I served a mission for my church I kept track of everything. 

12.10.2014

Stress Free Tips For Making A Christmas Gingerbread House

Making your own gingerbread house at Christmas time doesn't have to be stressful!  Here are few helpful tips.  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle
Not everyone makes a gingerbread house at Christmas time.  I remember one year as a kid we made a graham cracker train at a church activity, but that was as close as I got to a 'gingerbread' anything.  My husband's family, however, grew up making them every year.  Like legit homemade gingerbread houses.  When his mom and dad lived in Germany before he was born, the recipe was given to her by an old German lady who had befriended her.

When I married my husband, I took on the tradition of making them with the help of my MIL.  It's one thing I really look forward to every year.  

Now days kits are available complete with frosting and candy.  Whether you make your own from scratch, swiftly stash a kit into your grocery cart or are thinking about starting this new tradition and are little intimidated, I've got some helpful tips that will hopefully make it a little less stressful.    

12.09.2014

Peppermint Dessert Recipes For Christmas

A yummy recipe collection of 24 Peppermint Desserts and Treats for Christmas!  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle
Christmas time brings about some pretty decadent treats and desserts.  Fudge, cookies, cakes and treats.  I always feel like I'm getting away with something when I've baked two or three desserts/treats in the same day.  When any of those recipes feature peppermint, I have a hard time not stealing a bite or two!

From crushed candy canes to peppermint extract...it brings a refreshing flavor to anything.  Especially paired with chocolate (am I right?).  

12.08.2014

Keep Christmas Merry and Weird in Austin

Most major cities in the US have a slogan or theme.  Austin, Texas just happens to be Keep Austin Weird.

Weird, right?!

I was actually eh about it when we first moved here.  It just sounded too "hippie" for me.  However, since we've lived here for over a year, I totally get it.  Austin is probably one of the coolest cities in the states (it ranks 19) and I can finally see why.  People are just themselves here.  There is always something fun going on and the food...oh the food!   

Beef Enchilada Bake

I don't know about you, but this time of the year is BUSY!!!  No matter how hard I try to plan, organize, or calendar activities, dinner always gets put on the back burner (no pun intended!).   After preparing a big Thanksgiving feast then a few weeks later preparing for our traditional Christmas Even dinner, I tend to like the easier meals that come together quick or can be made ahead of time. 

This Beef Enchilada Bake is definitely one of those recipes.  With it's cheesy layers and enchilada taste, it's sure to be your family's new favorite dish.  Plus, it's much easier than rolling individual tortillas because this recipe has a twist that might just taste better!